"Courfeyrac had, in fact, that animation of youth which may be called the beaute du diable of the mind. Later on, this disappears like the playfulness of the kitten, and all this grace ends, with the bourgeois, on two legs, and with the tomcat, on four paws."

~ A Group Which Barely Missed Becoming Historic

Teasing tomcat, warm as Sun,

Guilt and innocence in one.

Now they come to make the kill-

Tomcat is a kitten still.

Paws stretched out and overthrown,

Falls before he's fully grown.

Evening echoes death of dawn:

Nine friends fallen, nine lives gone.